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Family: spouse and children

The IMP gives scientists all the support they need so that they can focus on their research. Alongside scientific services and facilities, this includes support for combining a research career with family life. From pregnancy lab to child care, as a staff member with a family, you will benefit from a number of measures that help you and your family to settle in and thrive.

Juggling a career in science with a family is challenging, as we see every day with those colleagues at the IMP who have children. To make life easier for you, the IMP provides support to the families of staff members.

Information for scientists with families

The Vienna Biocenter Core Facilities includes a child care centre. Places for crèche (from 3 months until 1.5 years of age) and kindergarten (until the age of 6) are available to children of staff members from the Vienna Biocenter as well as for people working at the neighbouring media company hub.

The VBCF Child Care Center puts special emphasis on English lessons. As an indicator of quality, the teacher to children ratio exceeds legal requirements. The Child Care Center is private and operated by the Kinderfreunde association.

Further information on the Child Care Center including opening hours and current fees can be found at:  http://www.vbcf.ac.at/child-care-center/

As a city with a UN Office, many international corporations and a population of which 50 percent have international roots, Vienna has a number of international schools. While these are usually private and thus require fees, there are also public (and free) bilingual schools, teaching, for example, in English and German or French and German.

Health insurance is obligatory for employed people in Austria. As a staff member of the IMP, you will be enrolled in the public health insurance system through our HR department. Dependents (spouse or children) are covered by your insurance.  If you have questions, please address them directly to the HR department.

If you live in Austria (legally), you are entitled to child benefits for children that are your dependents. As of 2017, these benefits amount to approximately 170 EUR per month for your child. The HR department of the IMP will be able to assist you with your application on your arrival if necessary.

Kindergartens in Vienna are generously subsidised and are either free (public) or inexpensive in comparison to the actual cost (generally under 500 EUR per month per child).

The city of Vienna organises summer activities for children. Public cultural institutions, such as the zoo, museums, and theatres, are usually subsidised, creating a stimulating and affordable environment for raising children.

Vienna is a cosmopolitan city with a diverse economy. Half of its population has an international background, and this expat community is one of the largest in Europe, so it is not unusual for companies to use English as their main working language. Your spouse is likely to find plenty of opportunities regardless of his or her professional background.

The HR department at the IMP will be able to provide you with counsel and information to make settling in and identifying career opportunities a smooth process for your family members. 

We strongly believe that a supportive and collaborative intellectual culture is essential to attract creative and bold scientists, willing to cross the boundaries of their discipline in pursuit of ground-breaking scientific discoveries. The IMP always intends to improve its individual services to outstanding scientists.

As a result of our membership of the WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund) “Dual Career Service Support”, the IMP offers job search information and assistance to spouses and partners of newly appointed principal investigators.

The Dual Career Service provides tailor-made support in exploring employment opportunities in science and research including administration in the academic and non-academic sector.

Vienna is a cosmopolitan city with a diverse economy. Half of its population has an international background, and this expat community is one of the largest in Europe, so it is not unusual for companies to use English as their main working language. Your spouse is likely to find plenty of opportunities regardless of his or her professional background.

The HR department at the IMP will be able to provide you with counsel and information to make settling in and identifying career opportunities a smooth process for your family members. 

The HR department at the IMP will be able to provide you with counsel and information on any of the topics outlined above. Please do not hesitate to address your question to: tanja.winkler[at]imp.ac.at